No Need to Wait Until Next Port to Experience 'The Great Land' as Onboard
Programs Offer Local Flavor With Cultural Programs, Special Guests and
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 3 /CNW/ -- As passengers relax under cozy
woolen blankets, glaciers tower before them, crackling occasionally as a piece
breaks off in a dramatic "calving." Later, sharp-eyed guests train their
binoculars to where their onboard naturalist has spotted a whale. Soon
Princess chefs offer up a deckside buffet to complement the scenery with a
bounty of local Alaskan flavors, while later local park rangers regale their
audience with an entertaining presentation full of insights about "The Great
Alaska offers passengers a thoroughly unique experience in which they can
be close to natural wonders and enjoy adventurous activities on shore. But on
a Princess ship this summer, travelers can also continue to immerse themselves
in the wonders of Alaska even when they return onboard, thanks to a special
onboard experience designed to complement the itinerary. Special guests and
programs fill the day's program, helping passengers appreciate the richness
around them whether they're captivated by local wildlife and scenery, or want
to get a closer feel for Alaska Native culture or the favorite local sport of
dog mushing. And through it all, the flavors of "The Great Land" come alive
as passengers enjoy Princess' Signature Alaskan Cuisine featuring such
delicacies as salmon, king crab, venison or even reindeer chili.
"It's very important to us at Princess that we really give passengers a
true feel for the rich culture and natural wonders of Alaska," said Rai
Caluori, Princess' executive vice president of fleet operations. "When our
guests join us for a cruise of the 49th state, they'll know they're someplace
special, and will be able to savor many of the region's delights right
Starting this May, Princess' specially designed program will offer its
passengers a variety of ways to experience Alaska onboard their ship,
Meet a Musher -- Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod sled dog race champion
and first woman ever to win the famous Anchorage to Nome trek, has become a
Princess favorite, enthralling passengers with exploits from her days as a
musher. In her exclusive appearances for Princess, Riddles joins each of the
line's Alaska ships during its call in Juneau. Taking passengers behind the
scenes into the world of dog mushing, she shares her Iditarod experiences
while describing what it's like to live in a native Inupiat village near Nome.
Riddles' approximately hour-long presentations are held aboard the ship in the
afternoon, followed by an opportunity for passengers to ask questions, get
autographed copies of her books or pose with her for photos.
Alaska Naturalists -- On each Alaska sailing, passengers have the benefit
of the expert guidance of their own dedicated onboard naturalist throughout
their cruise. These veteran guides include biologists, writers, adventurers,
professors and Alaska Natives, among others, who give informative
presentations about local wildlife, glaciers, oceanography, marine life,
native Alaskan cultures, history and many other local topics of interest.
Naturalists often provide colorful bridge commentary as well and help with
"North to Alaska" in Skagway -- Local historian and performer Steve Hites
presents a colorful tribute to the Klondike days during the ship's call in
Skagway. This entertaining "North to Alaska" show offers passengers the
opportunity to learn more about Alaska's gold rush era through an entertaining
mix of song, poetry and folklore.
Park Ranger Programs in Glacier Bay -- Park rangers present a variety of
programs for passengers of all ages while ships sail among the dramatic ice
fields of Glacier Bay National Park. National Park Service rangers join the
ship for the day, offering a live commentary from ship's bridge throughout the
visit to Glacier Bay, pointing out the natural wonders and wildlife sightings.
Rangers also give an informative shipboard presentation with videos of Glacier
Bay's environment. They also meet with passengers at a dedicated booth,
offering reference books and other information to further inform interested
visitors about Glacier Bay's natural and cultural history.
Glacier Bay Junior Ranger/Teen Explorer -- Princess ships also offer
special Glacier Bay activities for the ships' younger passengers. The
enriching Junior Ranger and Teen Explorer program is designed to bring Glacier
Bay and the Alaska wilderness to life for the thousands of children who cruise
each summer. This joint effort between Princess and the National Parks
Service is designed to encourage young cruisers to explore Glacier Bay's
natural and cultural history through fun interactive projects. Children ages
3-12 and teens ages 13-17 can participate in special programs customized for
their age group and take home specially developed activity books. Kids who
participate in a certain number of events and activities can earn Junior
Ranger status, which is commemorated with an official badge and certificate.
Forest Service Presentations in Ketchikan -- Passengers have the
opportunity to learn more about the nation's largest National Forest --
Tongass National Forest -- with a special onboard presentation by rangers from
the U.S. Forest Service. A naturalist station will be set up throughout the
afternoon each ship is in Ketchikan, and passengers are invited to special
presentations for adults and children as the naturalists share information
about Southeast Alaska and this important national treasure.
Signature Alaskan Cuisine -- The enticing flavors of Alaska feature in
menus and events throughout Princess' Alaska fleet. Each season chefs create
a bounty of flavorful dishes that reflect the state's culinary delights,
featuring fresh fish, savory meats and an assortment of seafood specialties.
Passengers will find ample opportunity to sample these treats, with a number
of special culinary events throughout the cruise. In the dining rooms, one
evening will culminate with a special Chef's Alaskan Dinner featuring fresh
and smoked salmon, fresh halibut, loin of venison and king crab. On another
day, cruisers will return from port to find a festive poolside fish barbeque
serving up such specialties as grilled prawns, halibut brochettes, crab cakes
and venison chili. And while ships sail among the stunning scenery of Glacier
Bay, a lavish mid-day buffet fuels passengers with choices such as hot and
cold smoked and chaud-froid salmon, crab salad, and grilled fish, plus ice
carvings and other special decor. Passenger also might discover a reindeer
chili or rockfish chowder cook-off. To top off any meal, diners can wash down
their Alaskan feasts with local beers or an Alaskan Hot Toddy.
Glacier Bay Balcony Breakfast -- For a more private repast among the
scenic ice floes of Glacier Bay, Princess offers guests the opportunity to
order a special Glacier Bay champagne breakfast to be served right on their
stateroom balcony. This indulgent morning option features fresh pastries,
forest berries, Copper River salmon and Alaskan crab quiche to further enhance
their cruise through this natural wonder.
Gold Rush Marketplace -- For passengers seeking the perfect memento of
their Alaskan adventure, Princess ships offer a one-time special event each
cruise -- the Gold Rush Market Place. This unique shopping opportunity offers
a comprehensive collection of exclusive Alaskan merchandise representing the
49th state's many cultures and resources, with items such as gold nuggets and
quartz, cozy totem blankets, hand crafted figurines depicting Alaska's natural
wildlife, authentic Russian souvenirs from Sitka, Native Alaskan dolls, and
totems all manufactured by local Alaskan artisans. Exclusive Alaska apparel
represents the rich history and culture of Alaska with designs only available
on Princess ships.
Exclusive Cruise Companion Book/Map and Video -- A Princess exclusive,
the "Alaska Cruise Companion" book and map set was created especially for the
line by author and long-time Alaskan Joe Upton. The insightful guide lets
passengers follow along on their cruise as the detailed map and
information-packed guidebook are organized to fit Princess' itineraries.
Loaded with facts and colorful stories about each port and coastal features
along the way, the set is a favorite with Alaska passengers each year. An
accompanying video, also produced by Upton, is shown throughout the cruise in
shipboard cabins, following the cruise route with beautiful photography and
Princess will feature its largest ever Alaska fleet in 2007, with eight
ships sailing through the scenic waters of the "Great Land." Passengers can
choose from 139 total departures aboard a diverse lineup of vessels that range
from 670 passengers to 2,670 passengers. For the first time, the line offers
mid-week departures of its popular Gulf of Alaska cruises aboard Pacific
Princess. In addition, Golden Princess will make her Alaska debut, adding a
new choice and expanding capacity to Princess' popular Inside Passage program.
Passengers have more opportunities than ever to visit Glacier Bay in 2007 as
Princess ships will sail into the national park a record 78 times, carrying
more passengers to this spectacle of ice than any other cruise line.
Additional information about Princess Cruises Alaska programs is
available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or
by visiting www.princess.com.
About Princess Cruises:
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cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 15 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 102 days. The
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